Black belt is the fifth earned rank in the Viam Chao system after green. It is typically awarded between 12 and 24 months after green, if a student can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of all the concepts and techniques. The color black signifies that the student has "reached midnight" in their journey; but really they are simply preparing to start a new day.
At the black belt level, practitioners get to learn a weapon of choice, and must seek their own knowledge regarding this weapon. The recommended weapon is the walking cane.